Posted 23rd April 2018
23 April – 17 May
The Old Kiln
11am - 5pm
See stunning portraits by Michael Forrister and abstract works by Julie Sumner, winners of the prestigious Winsor & Newton Watts Painting Prize for graduating Fine Art students, generously supported by Michael Henderson.
Julie Sumner and Michael Forrister, 2017 graduates of University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury, are the Winners of the Winsor and Newton Painting Prize. The prize enables emerging painters to pursue their talents and promotes their work, with the winners receiving their choice of Winsor and Newton artist's materials. The prize has been awarded annually since its establishment in 2004.
Julie Sumner's work is concerned with the materiality of the flat surface and the sensuous physical process of making. The mark making is immediate and the chalk pastel pigment is rubbed or pressed in so that it grips to the weave of the canvas.
Michael Forrister's work explores fragile human emotions, capturing exclusive identities. The work indicates aspects of realism but with obscure twists and enigmatic focus through a series of oil paint portraits.
The founder and namesake of Watts Gallery, Victorian artist George Frederic Watts OM RA (1817–1904) worked alongside Winsor & Newton to create pigments and paints that still line the walls of the historic galleries today.
Previous winners have gone on to become successful artists, displaying their work in galleries around the world.
We are so grateful to Winsor & Newton and the company's former Chairman, Michael Henderson for supporting this prize and for their continuing collaboration with Watts Gallery - Artists' Village. Supporting new talent and fine art experimentation and practice continues the Art for All ethos of G F Watts and the heritage of his correspondence with Winsor & Newton.
Banner image: Julie Sumner, What Makes Art and What Art Makes